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trace smoke

@ March 29, 2009 4:29 PM in W/M Gold Oil \"Burping\"

I gotta agree Tommy. This burner is not running properly, so it is generating atleast s trace smoke i'll bet. Not acceptable with new equipment. The only unit I run 90 degree nozzles in are mobile home furnces. The 90 degree is not floating in this case only because lack of adequate pump pressue. Wider the spray angle, less likely to float. I still say 80 with 140. peace


@ March 27, 2009 9:21 PM in Lights out for \"Earth Hour\"

jake, I needed that laugh. thanks peace

coil failure

@ March 27, 2009 5:38 PM in Leaking from Release Valve

Paul, you must have some rough and tough water where you are. I've been using them for 26 years, and only had one coil develop a leak. I have had them get enough build up that affected recovery. Not so bad since they did the nickel plate years back. Plus side of these tanks, coils CAN be replaced, or steam cleaned. I've done the stainless, and stone tanks. When they stop making hot water, pretty much throw them out and sell them another one. Alot can be said about water filtration. The Boilermate in my house is 23 years old and still cranking out the hot water. peace

oil quality

@ March 27, 2009 5:29 PM in W/M Gold Oil \"Burping\"

Oil quality has alot to do with needing to run higher pump pressure. Firedragon hits the nail on the head when he says exotic fuels. The draft over fire should be no greater than -.02. Adjust your draft regulator, boost the pump pressure, and i'd still recommend the 80 degree solid nozzle, and set up with combustion tester. It will work just fine. Also consider additive for the tank. peace

oily smell

@ March 26, 2009 8:29 PM in Smelly Steam System

did they do anything like paint the radiators or somethng? Perhaps the smell is coming from the basement. Old tank removed, old line blown out or removed, no spill occured during comnversion? just some thoughts

things to check

@ March 26, 2009 6:53 PM in W/M Gold Oil \"Burping\"

excellent points Steam. My take on this is that the tech is trying to clean up the flame with more air instead of increasing the pump pressure. The Golds with Becketts running only 100 PSI had a fine line when it came to air adjustment. Just that little bit more would blow the fire away. If it hasn't been serviced yet, probably also time to do that.

firing rate

@ March 26, 2009 6:32 PM in W/M Gold Oil \"Burping\"

He'd be ok with the .85 scrook. Max of .95, i'm sure closer to 1.00 GPH. I personally prefer the 80 degree in these, but 70 will work ok. Seems like these were field tested when they first came out, but big plus over the 66,68 series. peace

used furnace

@ March 26, 2009 5:54 PM in Need advice on choosing the least expensive heating system

Bad idea. If it's a brand new furnace and co is found in the living space, manufacture defect most likely, used furnace someone dies, who's gonna be hung out to dry? Best to go new nowadays. Lawyers luv it when they can put a finger on someone. I know some guys mean well, but the price could be too high. A garage or non living space somewhat of a different story. peace


@ March 26, 2009 5:47 PM in Chamber

This must be Weil Mclain Thursday. I think the question is more about labor. What model do you have? They have chamber kits, and usually 1-2 hours labor is average. As far as price, much cheaper than boiler replacement if you look at it that way. I'm guessing an oil fired boiler? If so, there could have been sone blast tube/endcone damage as the front wall is more critical than the target wall. This will add to the cost if so. Was there a quoted price? I'd only comment on what price you post. peace


@ March 26, 2009 5:36 PM in Weil-McLain boiler with Riello burner

I'll echo BIG ED's response. Great forced hot water boiler, but not a big fan of them when steam. Mega Steam. peace


@ March 26, 2009 5:32 PM in W/M Gold Oil \"Burping\"

Stop feeding it beer Ted. lol. First thing to do is set the pump pressure at 140 PSI, .85 80B nozzle,, check the gun/head setting with a gauge, start off with the side band setting at 6, big band closed, set up with combustion test equipment only. Weil spec'd out Beckett at 100 PSI, Carlin at 140, Riello runs about 150. I don't know why they didn't spec Beckett right from the start, but that's your problem. Higher pump pressure atomizes the oil into smaller droplets, burns cleaner, lights off smoother, and won't float away like it is doing now. Good unit and burner, just needs that tweaking. peace

old houses

@ March 25, 2009 10:07 PM in Heating Syatem shot in old house...totally stuck.

gotta love them. Everthing that you do is a challenge. Good luck to you Caz. peace


@ March 25, 2009 9:40 PM in help on find part

you may want to evaluate the bearings and shaft. Now's the time to reaplce if necessary. I could have a Sid's part# tomorrow if still no luck. peace

blower wheel

@ March 25, 2009 9:03 PM in help on find part

I get mine from Sids. Measure the width, diameter, and best to count the blades as well. Is this direct drive or belted? Shaft diameter will matter. good luck. peace

my suggestion

@ March 25, 2009 5:55 PM in Need advice on choosing the least expensive heating system

electric heat and electric hot water. Sounds like this house had nothing in it, so no chimney, basement, etc. It would probably cost you more in the long run just to buy and have installed whatever you choose. Oil guy here, but in your case, I think electric is the answer. peace

releif valve

@ March 25, 2009 5:44 PM in Leaking from Release Valve

You have a boiler, not a furnace. The relief valve on the Amtrol Boilermate is a pressure/temperature relief valve, and has a rating of 125 lbs max. That is because it is a domestic water relief valve. The boiler relief valve is rated to open at 30 Lbs max. That is because this is for the closed system heating water that flows thru your baseboard/radiators/air handler, or whatever way you are heating your home. The coil in the tank has boiler water flowing thru it. The 60 Lbs or so domestic water in the tank is feeding into the boiler side thru a pinhole in the coil thus popping the relief valve rated for 30 Lbs max on the boiler. Make sure they have isolated the problem to the coil. Easily done . Good luck. peace


@ March 25, 2009 5:31 PM in Heating Syatem shot in old house...totally stuck.

The steam boiler is a Utica Starfire with a Beckett AFG burner. Looks like the problem occured when they installed this boiler. Sad but true, don't install properly, lives a short life. You need a pro that will service your area. More wrong than right going on in "that old house" Switching from oil to gas is not your way out of this. peace


@ March 23, 2009 11:30 PM in Aboveground fuel tank disposal

I don't think anyone here is going to touch this with a 10 foot pole. Sounds like a disgruntled neighbor thing. We give advice, or share what we know. peace

reset problem

@ March 23, 2009 5:38 PM in AERO oil fired H2O Tank wont stay running

It could be anything. You should always replace the nozzle and not try to clean it. Does it have a solenoid oil valve? The resistor may need to be removed, and the wires cleaned and fused. It could be all that clammy says as well. Could be a pump coupling, weak transformer, bad electrodes, carbon on the endcone, and so on. Let us know. peace

air line

@ March 22, 2009 7:38 PM in Compression tank mystery

Is it a B&G fitting or equivelent? Some exspansion tanks of old had these fittings to direct air to the top of the tank for ease af draining when they got full. They must also be sealed back up during operation, or the tank would fill right back up, or there is a pin hole in the tank allowing it to fill in less than a year. Thread sealer on the bleeder. peace

oil lines

@ March 20, 2009 11:24 PM in Need pics of unprotected oil lines

Peckham, I also have an oil company in Mass. We have to get them upgraded bu June 2010. I'm still getting bits and peices, but there will be forms from your local fire depts that will need to be filed by us. It's not a choice, and along with protected lines, it's OSV too if it can gravity feed. There will be alot of troublesome overhead lines installed for sure. If the customer refuses, i guess we gotta drop them. The floaters will be the ones to watch. Before any deliveries or service, do an inspection on new customers. That's what i've always done. I think the customer should be able to get this as a tax deduction, but it's about them being able to get some insurance coverage if they choose. I've been starting the upgrades, and starting a list of ones to do. I guess we will be busy. peace

we base

@ March 19, 2009 11:29 PM in Oil Fired Boiler Soot Problem

yes they were. There were some wet base steel boilers out there, this is one of them
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